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Project by topspin posted 1979 days ago 2330 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This workbench is a hodge-podge of several designs I’ve seen out there over the last few years. Once I put the twin screw face vice on it will most closely look like a Holtzapffel. It’s 80 inches long, about 35 inches tall, 30 inches deep.

I’m inherently cheap and hate making newbie mistakes with expensive wood so… the base is big box hem/fir and the top is 4 layers of MDF trimmed with poplar.

To give you an idea of how much of a Frankenstein bench it is I’ll give a list of all the sources for the parts of the design:
- Wagon vise / top joinery – Woodsmith Magazine
- Basic Base Set-up / setting top flush with legs – The Schwarz/Roubo
- Knock-down base idea – Roy Underhill’s show
- Rear tool holder slots – Woodsmith Magazine
- Leg Holes / twin screw dimensions – The Schwarz/Holtzapffel
- Square holes – Frank Klaus
- the boy in the 3rd picture… that’s me and his momma :D – Note that he’s got his plastic drill ready to help me finish up the work.

So far, I’m pretty happy with it. The bench does have a bit of a dip in the center of the MDF that i will have to take out (I planned for removing it when I added the trim – it sits a little lower so I can plane the field down). It’s a result of the MDF not being well supported while it was being glued together… I now know why all the books talk about making a dead flat level surface to build your top on.

The front 5 inches (the poplar part) are dead flat.

There were many happy accidents in the design and build of this bench. Eventually, I’ll add a tool cabinet to help manage some of the shop clutter.

It was cheap enough that I won’t feel bad about building another bench with much nicer materials in another few years (after I get through the honey do list… of course).

-- Seems that talent only gets you so far... effort makes you successful.





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John Gray

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#1 posted 1979 days ago

Not a bad bench!!! I’ve looked at your other projects and you are doing great!!!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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king

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#2 posted 1979 days ago

It looks like a good workable bench to me,good luck with it.

-- franklinalbert@sbcglobal.net

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woodworm

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#3 posted 1979 days ago

Great bench.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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firecaster

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#4 posted 1979 days ago

I’ll bet you get a lot of help in the shop. Always take time to let him help, when safe. It wil bring rewards.

Great job.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 1979 days ago

Nice bench lots of projects to come on that baby.

Jim

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Chris

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#6 posted 1978 days ago

It’s a great bench. Nothing wrong with being a little cost concious, either.

-- Chris

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Woodfix

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#7 posted 1631 days ago

Great bench and looks like you are not the only one justifiably proud of it in your household.

-- Living is a constant gamble, life is about working the odds in your favour

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Stephen Mines

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#8 posted 1272 days ago

Yup, that’s good!

Stephen

-- Stephen Mines (Saltmines@aol.com)

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